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Week 7 2016 NFL Picks: Challenge Athlon Sports Experts!


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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Chicago at Green Bay

The Packers offense has moved the ball in two games since the bye, but six turnovers have killed them. The Bears have won two out of their last three in Green Bay, but not this time

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 27–17

Sunday’s Games

N.Y. Giants at Los Angeles

The Rams got a huge day out of Case Keenum in Detroit and still managed to lose. What are the chances he has another one and can keep up with Eli Manning and Odell Backham Jr.?

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Giants, 24–20

Washington at Detroit

The Redskins have won four in a row, while the Lions are on a two-game winning streak. Both have wins over the Eagles, but Washington’s was much more convincing.

Gworek's Pick: Redskins, 30–23

Cleveland at Cincinnati

Losers of four of their last five, the Bengals couldn’t be happier to see their in-state rivals on the schedule. At 2–4, Cincinnati had better start stacking up some wins.

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 28–13

Buffalo at Miami

It’s still hard to believe the Bills are for real, but this is not a good matchup for Miami. The Bills take care of the ball, force turnovers and run it down opponents’ throats. Miami is tied for 28th in turnover differential and ranks 31st against the run.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 23–19

Baltimore at N.Y. Jets

The Ravens have lost three straight but haven’t played a game decided my more than seven points all season. The Jets have lost four in a row by an average of 19 points.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 24–16

Minnesota at Philadelphia

After a 3–0 start, Philly has struggled since an early bye. The Vikings had last week off to try to figure out a running game that ranks dead last in yards per carry (2.5). If they can’t run it on the Eagles, who rank 29th at 4.8 yards per carry against, they may never do it. 

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Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 26–17

Indianapolis at Tennessee

The Colts let one slip away in Houston last week, and they continue to struggle to protect Andrew Luck. That could be a problem against a Titans defense that ranks fifth in sacks.

Gworek's Pick: Titans, 17–16

New Orleans at Kansas City

The Chiefs aren’t doing anything special on either side of the ball — other than forcing turnovers. The Saints are the Saints: First on offense, 31st in defense.

Gworek's Pick: Kansas City, 27–24

Oakland at Jacksonville

The Jaguars have won two in a row with a bye sandwiched in between. The Raiders can’t stop anyone, but they get away with it when they force turnovers. They’ll force just enough.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 33–31

Tampa Bay at San Francisco

If the Bucs are ever going to get the running game going to take some pressure off of Jameis Winston, this is the week. The 49ers are last in run defense and gave up 312 yards on the ground to Buffalo last week.

Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 28–20

San Diego at Atlanta

The Chargers had their worst offensive game of the season yet managed to beat the Broncos. Atlanta won in Denver and then nearly beat Seattle. The Falcons are home for six of their last 10.

Gworek's Pick: Atlanta, 31–21

New England at Pittsburgh

The shine is off this one a bit with Ben Roethlisberger out with a knee injury. That doesn’t bode well when your defense is 30th against the pass and you are facing Tom Brady.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 34–16

Seattle at Arizona

The Seahawks are plus-four in turnover differential during their three-game winning streak; the Cards are plus-five in their last two games after giving the ball away a whopping 10 times in losses to the Rams and Bills. Which way will the ball bounce?

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 20–16

Monday’s Game

Houston at Denver

Brock Osweiler rallied the Texans over the Colts last week; it will tougher against his former team. Denver leads the NFL in sacks (21) and passing yards allowed per game (182.3). The Texans rank second (189.3), so this one may be won on the ground.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 26–24

Week 5 Record: 7–8

Overall Record: 48–44